The Death Ship

The flag is barely a flag, pale, flimsy, and shredded. The ship’s name can barely be made out on the hull, nor that of its home port. As for the name Yorikke? What sort of name is that? Just like Exxon Valdez, I guess. Or B. Traven. None of the sailors on the Yorikke have names, passports, or nationalities. Here too you become a thing amidst things.

–Michael Taussig writing about B. Traven’s The Death Ship in his essay “The Stories Things Tell And Why They Tell Them”